Rosberg edges Hamilton as Mercedes dominates in Bahrain

first_imgSAKHIR, Bahrain (AP):Nico Rosberg kept the upper hand on his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton by setting the fastest time in yesterday’s practice sessions for the Bahrain Grand Prix, as Formula One’s top team dominated again.Rosberg, who won the season-opening race in Australia and the final three races of last season, set a best time of 1 minute, 31.001 seconds at the Sakhir circuit, a quarter of a second faster than Hamilton.”We were very quick on one lap and also on the longer runs, so I’m really looking forward to qualifying and the race,” Rosberg said.Mercedes was in a league of its own, with third-place Jenson Button of McLaren 1.3 seconds off Rosberg’s time. That was an encouraging performance for McLaren, which has been on a slow development path with engine partner Honda since last season.Ferrari, which appears to be Mercedes’ main challenger this season, was further off the pace. Kimi Raikkonen was fifth, followed in sixth by Sebastian Vettel, who was forced to park the car trackside due to a loose nut on his left rear wheel late in the evening session.Ferrari believes it has better pace over longer runs than the brief bursts in practice and qualifying, and also demonstrated much better acceleration from the standing start than Mercedes in the season opener, yet Vettel recognised his rival’s strength.THE BENCHMARK”Mercedes are the benchmark. They have looked really competitive this afternoon and this evening, but hopefully, we can be a bit closer,” Vettel said. “The car feels all right. There’s bits and bobs we can improve.”Max Verstappen was fourth fastest for Toro Rosso, the Red Bull pair Daniil Kvyat and Daniel Ricciardo was seventh and ninth, respectively, and Williams drivers Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa eight and 10th. Williams is set to use a redesigned front wing today.The heavily criticised rolling elimination format for qualifying will be used again today. The format resulted in an embarrassing anticlimax in the final Q3 session in Melbourne as teams sought to preserve tires rather than attempt to improve times. The teams met on race day in Australia and resolved to revert to last year’s qualifying system but could not unanimously agree at the F1 Commission on how to alter it, so rolling elimination remains.Renault driver Kevin Magnussen is facing a grid penalty after failing to stop and have his car weighed when directed to do so during yesterday’s evening practice session.last_img read more

British Labour clears way for December election following Brexit deadlock

first_imgBritish Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is set to back an early general election after telling his party that the condition of taking a no-deal Brexit “off the table” has been met.Jeremy Corbyn told MPs: “I have consistently said that we are ready for an election and our support is subject to a no-deal Brexit being off the table.“We have now heard from the EU that the extension of Article 50 to January 31 has been confirmed, so for the next three months, our condition of taking no-deal off the table has now been met. “We will now launch the most ambitious and radical campaign for real change our country has ever seen.”But Mr Corbyn’s move does not mean a December election is certain, according to RTE. Labour is understood to back a change to the proposed date which, if such an amendment is selected by the Speaker of the House of Commons, could be backed by the Liberal Democrats and the SNP.Earlier, a Downing Street course said the government will agree to an amendment put forward by opposition parties to hold an election on 11 December. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said yesterday that he would try to force a bill through parliament today that called for a 12 December election but opponents had wanted an earlier date.Mr Johnson faces more resistance from MPs in his quest for a pre-Christmas election with the Lib Dems insisting they are not prepared to accept his preferred date.Mr Johnson has put his Brexit deal on hold in an anticipated bid to convince the Commons to vote today for a 12 December election in his fourth time of asking.British Labour clears way for December election following Brexit deadlock was last modified: October 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Glory Be Behind Saturn

first_imgDon’t look at this picture till you’re ready.  Switch off the phone, turn off the radio, rub your eyes, and sit down.  Ready?  Click Here.    This is a view of Saturn we could never see from Earth.  It’s the backside of the planet, with the sun shining through the rings.  According to a JPL press release, “This marvelous panoramic view was created by combining a total of 165 images taken by the Cassini wide-angle camera over nearly three hours on Sept. 15, 2006.”  Another version with enhanced brightness and color is available also: click here for Saturn in all its backlit glory.  This was Astronomy Picture of the Day for Oct. 16.    Look carefully in the outermost broad E-ring on the left foreground, and you can see the tiny moon Enceladus (click here for close-up) with its geysers sputtering along, feeding the short-lived E-ring with new material (11/28/2005, 03/01/2006, 07/11/2006).  Now look at the picture again.  See that tiny white speck on the left side, outside the bright main rings, but just inside the fainter G-ring?  That’s the Earth – that’s us – from almost a billion miles away.  Click here for a close-up.  A member of a planetary discussion group has labeled the features in this image on Unmanned Spaceflight.    The Division of Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society has been meeting all week in Pasadena, and scientific announcements are being made daily.  One of the most interesting concerns Saturn’s rings.  Scientists are baffled by color differences that cannot yet be explained.  A JPL press release states:“We expected to see things we haven’t seen before, but we are really, really puzzled by these new images of Saturn’s main ring system,” said Dr.  Phil Nicholson, of Cornell, Cassini visual and infrared spectrometer team member.  “The rings appear very different, with none of their usual calling card of water-ice features.  There are hints that other material besides ice might finally be detected within the rings.”    “The main rings show a neutral color, while the C ring is reddish, and the D and E rings are quite blue,” added Nicholson.  “We don’t quite understand if these variations are due to differences in particle size or composition, but it’s nice to be surprised every once in a while.”The colors he mentioned can be seen in a labeled version of the montage, and are even more apparent in this infrared image.  One reason for the puzzlement is that the images indicate the rings are dynamic, evolving, ephemeral phenomena.  This means that what we are seeing today could not last for billions of years.  New rings discovered in the backlit image seem associated with small embedded moons, indicating that the moonlets are producing the rings (see picture).  How does this occur?Saturn’s smallest moons have weak gravity and cannot retain any loose material on their surfaces.  When these moons are struck by rapidly moving interplanetary meteoroids, this loose material is blasted off their surfaces and into Saturn orbit, creating diffuse rings along the moons’ orbital paths.  Collisions among several moonlets, or clumps of boulder-sized rubble, might also lead to debris trails.  For instance, Saturn’s G ring seems not to have any single moon large enough to see; it might have formed from a recent breakup of a moon.Evidence for impactors also comes from the innermost D-ring of Saturn, another tenuous ring of fine material.  Another JPL press release tells the detective story of a modern-day collision.  A low-oblique Cassini image indicates a wavy, “corrugated” spiral with crests about 30 km apart (see illustration and line-of-sight diagram).  In a Hubble 1995 photo, the crests were about 60 km apart.  This indicates that the spiral has been winding up tighter over the last 11 years.  Extrapolating backward, the scientists think a comet or meteoroid may have struck the ring back in 1984, producing waves like ripples in a pond.  The waves wind up over time because of their orbits around Saturn – the inner parts moving faster than the outer parts.    More on the new Saturn ring discoveries can be found at the Cassini imaging team and Planetary Society websites.  The DPS meeting announcements are also producing lively discussions on Unmanned Spaceflight.  All three montage images can be found on JPL’s Planetary Photojournal.  Another recent Cassini picture of Saturn shows cloud features like a string of pearls in Saturn’s upper latitudes.  The spacecraft also found new ringlets within the Cassini Division, a gap in the main rings that was once thought to be devoid of material.Cassini’s findings confirm predictions made over several decades now that Saturn’s rings are being rapidly eroded by collisions.  We now have even more evidence that impactors, from comet-size to molecule-size, are wearing away Saturn’s rings.  The E-ring would be gone in mere decades or centuries if Enceladus were not constantly replenishing with new micron-size material.  The color differences between the rings also show that whatever non-ice material has been added has not had time to become thoroughly mixed.  And it would be surprising to think that this new D-ring impact was a one-time phenomenon we just happened to be lucky to witness.    It may be impossible to say from data alone that the rings are mere thousands of years old or less, but they certainly cannot be billions of years old.  That should raise some eyebrows by several inches among scientists who accept the standard A.S.S. (age of the solar system) as being 4.5 billion years old.  Upper limits at ring ages are often put at 10 or 100 million years.  That may sound like a lot (it’s an upper limit, remember), but even 100 million years is 1/45 the standard age.  What was Saturn doing the other 44 parts?  No materialist wants to believe that humans were somehow lucky to emerge right at the time when Saturn’s rings were at the height of their glory.  Yet no secular scientist dares question the A.S.S., because concluding a recent formation of Saturn and the rings would collapse the time available for evolution.  There is nothing about the Saturn system that needs billions of years.  A scientist should follow the evidence where it leads, whether or not it agrees with prevailing orthodoxy.    Those of us living in 2006 should take time to value the privileges we have in this age of discovery.  Pictures like this are hard to come by.  It took over 3 billion dollars, and hundreds of scientists and technicians, to build the Cassini spacecraft.  This complex machine had to fly for seven years before even getting to Saturn, and has orbited over two more years before getting into position last month to look back toward home and take this unprecedented shot.  In 1609, when Galileo Galilei first turned a crude telescope to the sky and beheld new and wonderful things – including the rings of Saturn for the first time – his response was to worship the Creator.  He said, “I render infinite thanks to God for being so kind as to make me alone the first observer of marvels kept hidden in obscurity for all previous centuries.”  What is your response as you look at this rare vantage point on creation?(Visited 10 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Gallery: Madagascar’s weird and wonderful wildlife

first_imgMadagascar’s dense rainforests hide plant and animal life unlike anything else on earth. Almost all of its reptiles, and roughly 90% of its mammals and plants, are unique to the African island nation. Our gallery showcases this rich and often bizarre wildlife.Parson’s chameleon, Ile Sainte Marie, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr)Compiled by Mary AlexanderAlmost all of Madagascar’s reptiles, and roughly 90% of its mammals and plants, are unique to the African island nation. Its dense rainforests hide tiny tree frogs that range in colour from blue to orange and yellow or green. Half of the world’s chameleon species live there, alongside geckos that can grow up to 30 centimetres long.Among the more than 600 new species discovered in the last 10 years are the Berthe’s mouse lemur, the smallest known primate (it grows to an average of 9.2 centimetres, and weighs just 30 grams). Also recently discovered is Komac’s golden orb spider, which spins a web up to a metre in diameter.Today this island of stunning orchids and towering baobab trees is in danger of destroying what its best known for – its unique biodiversity. But scientists have a plan to save the forests for future generations.Grey mouse lemur (Microcebus murinus). This is not a mouse. It’s not even a rodent. It’s a primate – part of the same order as monkeys and apes. Human beings – scientifically, we are classified as Homo sapiens – are also apes, and so we are members of the same order as this tiny creature. (Image: Arjan Haverkamp, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Sunrise in the the Avenue of the Baobabs near Morondava, Madagascar. (Image: Paolo Crosetto, CC BY-SA 2.0, Flickr) White-headed lemur (Eulemur albifrons), Marojejy National Park, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Boophis sp., Marojejy National Park, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Lowland streaked tenrec, Masoala National Park, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Fungus, Andasibe, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Commerson’s leaf-nosed bat (Hipposideros commersoni), Tsimamampetsotsa, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Giraffe weevil (Trachelophorus giraffa), Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Blue-legged chameleon (Calumma crypticum), Ranomafana National Park, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Lined day gecko (Phelsuma lineata), Vohimana reserve, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Milne-Edwards’ sportive lemur (Lepilemur edwardsi), Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Spearpoint leaf-tailed gecko, Ankarafantsika, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Spotted Madagascar reed frog (Heterixalus punctatus), Vohimana reserve, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) A giant leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus), Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar. Photographer Frank Vassen explains: “The giant leaf-tailed gecko is easily observed on the island of Nosy Mangabe in the Bay of Antongil off Maroansetra. When alarmed, it opens its mouth largely, displaying its brilliant orange-red interior, presumably as a means to deter predators.” (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Golden mantella (Mantella aurantiaca), Torotorofotsy wetlands, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Gmelin’s woolly lemur (Avahi laniger), Andasibe, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Tomato frog (Dyscophus antongilli), Maroantsetra, Madagascar. In this rather large species of amphibian the females are much larger than males, reaching up to 10.5 centimetres and 230 grams in weight. The sewage system of the eastern coastal town of Maroansetra is one of the world’s best places for seeing Madagascar tomato frogs in the wild. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Baron’s mantella (Mantella baroni), Vohimana reserve, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Comet moth (Argema mittrei), Vohimana reserve, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Blue weevil (Holonychus sp.), Vohimana reserve, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Zebu cattle – one of the few mammals on Madagascar not indigenous and endemic to the island – being driven through the Avenue of the Baobabs near Morondava, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) A male Malagasy giant chameleon (Furcifer oustaleti), also known as Oustalets’s chameleon, near Lake Ravelobe, Madagascar. With a maximum total length (including tail) of 68.5 centimetres, or 27 inches, this is the largest chameleon in the world. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Coquerel’s sifaka, Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) A male Labord’s chameleon (Furcifer labordi), Kirindy Forest, Madagascar. This species has an extreme life cycle, spending more of its time growing in the egg than living in the world. It gestates for eight months, in the egg. Once hatched, it lives for only four to five months. Almost immediately after it has reproduced, it dies. No other land vertebrate has a shorter – or weirder – lifespan. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) Unidentified “dog-faced” spider, Ankarafantsika National Park, Madagascar. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr) A female Indri calling, in Andasibe, Madagascar. The indri is the world’s largest lemur – tied with its Malagasy cousin, the diademed sifaka. The indri’s head-and-body length is up to 72 centimetres (2.4 feet), reaching 120 centimetres (3.9 feet) with legs fully extended. Its Malagasy name “babakoto” is most commonly translated as “ancestor” or “father”, but several translations are possible. “Koto” is a Malagasy word for “little boy”, and “baba” a term for “father”, so “babakoto” could be translated as “father of a little boy”. (Image: Frank Vassen, CC BY 2.0, Flickr)last_img read more

All American’s “Living Zero” Modular Ready for DOE-Sponsored Tour

first_imgThere are house tours and touring houses. The Living Zero Home, an energy-efficient modular dwelling built by All American Homes, is among the latter.Beginning on July 1 with a five-day stop at the Taste of Chicago festival, the Living Zero Home will visit 15 more cities before its tour ends, on November 22 at the Denver Zoo in Colorado.All American says the aim of the tour, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, is to show consumers practical ways to reduce home energy costs through day-to-day behavior and the use of products and construction techniques that can make a home’s operation more efficient.Key features of the Living Zero Home, which was manufactured in All American’s Decatur, Illinois, plant, include Icynene foam insulation; a PV system; low-flow plumbing; Energy Star appliances and Energy Star fixtures with CFL or LED lights; tankless water heaters; bamboo floors; high-performance fiberglass windows; fiber cement siding; a passive-daylighting design; and All American’s Smart Living System, which the company touts as a whole-house energy management and home monitoring system.last_img read more

What We Are Teaching (A Note to the Sales Leader)

first_imgSometimes we teach the sales force lessons that we didn’t intend them to learn.By not reviewing activity and outcomes, we teach the sales force that taking the activities and achieving the outcomes they need isn’t important. We teach them that they don’t have to prospect.By not reviewing their pipeline of opportunities, we teach them that it isn’t important to build a funnel that ensures that they meet their number. We teach them that it’s okay to produce sporadic results.By failing to review their opportunities, we teach the sales force that they don’t have to work on deal strategy. We teach them that it’s okay to wing it, come what may.By paying only lip service to the sales process, we teach the sales force that the sales process isn’t important. We teach them to believe the process is irrelevant and that they don’t need to worry about creating value at each stage.Giving the sales force one shiny object after the next teaches them to expect a magic bullet answer. It teaches the sales force to believe the tried and true, battle-tested methods are no longer worth their time. And it teaches them to look for easy answers to challenges that can only be overcome with a deep grounding in the fundamentals and first principles.By giving the sales force quick answers instead of coaching, we teach them to become dependents. We teach them that our time is too valuable to waste on helping them develop and grow.The Last WordPeople don’t learn by listening to the words you speak. They learn by watching your behavior. They learn from what you do, the actions you take, not your words. Make sure the lessons you are teaching the sales force are the lessons you want them to learn.QuestionsWhat are you teaching the sales force?What lessons might you be teaching unintentionally?What behaviors do you need to change so you can teach a more powerful and healthier lesson?Do your actions match what you value most as a sales leader?last_img read more

Delhi hospital hires bouncers to deter attacks from patients and relatives

first_imgPradeep Kumar, a muscular man in shades and tattoos, pulls up on a motorcycle, ready for his job as a bouncer. Not at a nightclub, but at another workplace where violence is common in India: a hospital.He and his burly colleagues keep the emergency and labor rooms from filling up with patients’ often agitated relatives and friends. The bouncers are polite, yet so tough-looking that people think twice about ignoring their orders.”These guys look like they walked right out of an action movie,” said Pawan Desai, who brought his 4-year-old daughter to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital for treatment for a cut on her hand.Working in an Indian hospital can be dangerous. In April, a week before DDU hired the bouncers, friends of an emergency-room patient punched a doctor in the face and broke his nose before going on a rampage with hockey sticks, swinging at windows, lights, furniture and medical staff.The medical staff at DDU, a government hospital, had faced nearly one attack a month and had gone on strike 20 times over six years demanding better security. Since the hospital replaced its middle-aged, pot-bellied guards with bar bouncers, bodyguards, and wrestlers sporting muscles and tattoos, “there hasn’t been a single incident,” said Dr. Nitin Seth, the doctor who was injured in April.”These guys do a good job controlling the crowds,” he said.Thousands of attacks occur in Indian hospitals every year, said Dr. Narendra Saini, spokesman for the Indian Medical Association.In January, a man in Chennai was charged with using a sword to hack to death a surgeon he held responsible for his pregnant wife’s death during surgery. Three months later, a mob at a Delhi hospital beat up six doctors in retaliation for supposed sexual misconduct after the medical staff unsuccessfully tried to resuscitate a female patient using CPR.When someone dies in the hospital, relatives often start blaming – even attacking – doctors. At expensive private hospitals, families feel especially cheated, Saini said. “They expect their patient to live because that’s what they paid for.”The DDU Hospital guards, a team of 21 split across three shifts, cover the busiest areas of the campus, especially the emergency and labor rooms.People who come in with pregnant or trauma patients “are most likely to lose their cool,” Kumar said. “That’s why we try not to let in more than one per patient.”The only way to prevent a bad situation from getting worse is to keep people moving and not let crowds collect at all, said Dr. Promila Gupta, the hospital’s medical superintendent. “I think what works for our new guards is that the (patients’) relatives are afraid of them because of their good physique,” she said.Despite the tough image, Kumar and the other guards are a soft-spoken bunch. “We don’t let anyone in unless they need to be there, and we know how to be polite about it,” he said.”First we talk nice,” said bouncer Amarjeet Singh. “If they don’t listen, troublemakers are taken to the Casualty Medical Officer’s room to sort things out, and if that doesn’t work, police from the nearby post are called in to get them evicted.”In any case, we are not allowed to rough anyone up,” he added.Few Indian hospitals can afford this kind of security. The generally overcrowded and understaffed government facilities often don’t even have the resources they need to save lives, said Dr. Saini of the Indian Medical Association.Dr. Prithvi Madhok, a former surgeon at some of Mumbai’s top hospitals, has studied the rash of doctor assaults in India and said hiring better security will not solve the underlying problem.”As a society, we are just not trained to be patient. We don’t wait for our turn, or let things go through their due process,” he said.Madhok said patients or their attendants turn violent because they think they can get away with it. Attacking a doctor might be a serious crime, “but in my several years of practice, I have never seen anyone get booked for it,” he said.Seth, the DDU doctor, is glad that the new guards are serving as a deterrent.”These guys save lives too,” he said. “Just as doctors here are always ready to save a patient, these bouncers are here to save us doctors.”advertisementlast_img read more


first_img Login/Register With: That said, the show’s most recent finale is undeniably impactful, as June realizes the toll this world has taken on her, and joins with several other women in an act of potential self-sacrifice to save nearly 100 children from meeting the same fate. In the end she and her fellow rebels are victorious, loading dozens of children on a plane to Canada.But showrunner Bruce Miller knows better than anyone that heroism like this comes at a cost—both for June and those she leaves in her wake. Speaking with V.F. ahead of the season finale’s debut, he said that this season was shaped, in part, by that force: the cost of becoming a conquerer.Vanity Fair: When we spoke at the end of season two, we talked about June becoming a rebel. We definitely got that this season, but the show also zoomed out to show bigger issues surrounding Gilead and the refugee situation it’s creating in Canada. What were your storytelling goals coming into this season?Bruce Miller: I think the storytelling goals were just to follow June and her natural progression towards rebelling, and to show how hard it was. I think that we’re kind of sold a bill of goods on TV that one person who really feels strongly about something and tries very, very hard can change the world.  READ MORETHE HANDMAID’S TALE CLOSES A MESSY SEASON WITH A SURPRISINGLY SATISFYING FINALEJune embarks on a dangerous mission, as the show attempts to justify its recent creative choices.Every week, a few members of the Vox Culture team gather to talk out the latest episode of The Handmaid’s Tale, Hulu’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s 1985 novel. This week, critic at large Emily VanDerWerff and staff writer Constance Grady discuss “Mayday,” the third season finale.Emily VanDerWerff: Watching a largely satisfying finale to a season of TV that never quite came together can feel like watching the ending of a different story than the one previously being told. It’s as if, for a brief moment, the show has provided a glimpse into an alternate universe where the season was everything it could have been. READ MORE11 PHOTOS OF THE HANDMAID’S TALE CAST BREAKING CHARACTERThe Handmaid’s Tale will wrap up its third season this Sunday, August 18 in Canada. (Don’t Google it – it aired earlier this week in the U.S. and spoilers abound.) As we wait for the sure-to-be heart stopping season finale, here’s a look at all the behind-the-scenes moments documented on Instagram, with a lot more smiles and laughter than you’ve probably come to expect from the show.Rita (Amanda Brugel), Alma (Nina Kiri) and June (Elisabeth Moss) casually enjoying a read at Indigo in Mississauga’s Erin Mills Town Centre, no less.Alma and Janine (Madeline Brewer) take a selfie.  READ MORE Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Facebooklast_img read more